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Bengal receives “Most Pro-active States for implementing RCS Scheme” award

31 March, 2022 17:28:13
Bengal receives “Most Pro-active States for implementing RCS Scheme” award

The West Bengal government has been awarded in the category of “Most Pro-active States for implementing RCS scheme” by the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation. The state government has been recognized for increasing communication in the aviation system between different states. West Bengal government is proactively assisting in the modernization of Bagdogra Airport. They have taken the initiative to launch air services in places like Malda, Coochbehar, and Purulia. Hence this recognition. Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia announced at a recent ministry function.

For the past few decades, Kolkata airport is facing huge pressure due to increased passenger flow and there was a need to spread the amenities and bring in more airports in the state. Often passengers have complained of not getting proper service due to overcrowding. Thus, the state government realized they had to create alternative airports. To this end, Nabanna had directed to look for land in the vicinity of Kolkata, especially in the South 24 Parganas, to build the second-largest airport.

According to state government sources, there are plans to make the new airport large enough. The state is moving forward so that big aircraft like Boeing can easily take off and land. The runway, which will be the second-largest in the country, could be about three kilometers long. In this case, Bhangar of South 24 Parganas is a choice, according to official sources. Chief Secretary of the state Harikrishna Dwivedi has instructed the district magistrate to inspect the vacant land. In addition to the long runway, hangars are also planned for the second largest airport. 

In recognition of this work for increasing air connectivity and building new airports to facilitate communication, the state government thus received the award for ‘Most Pro-active States for implementing RCS scheme.’ Another feather on the cap for sure. 

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